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Dec 31, 2012 1:30pm EST
, but yesterday the deal was all the money is going to be spent. there was going to be no deficit reduction. unbelievable, unbelievable that all the money was going to be out the door as soon as it came in. as a matter of fact, before it came in, it was going to be spent. so, mr. president, i just want to say i know the president enjoys heckling and having pep rallies to try to get congress to act instead of sitting down and actually negotiating, but i hope that what's going to happen is we will end up following through on the reductions in spending that need to take place to replace this sequester. i will also add just for what it's worth the last time we extended unemployment insurance, we paid for it. the last time we did not cause the doc fix s.g.r. to go into place, we paid for it. and i hope that as this negotiation goes forth, we keep the same principles in place that we've had. this country has over $16 trillion in debt. sequester was put in place because we couldn't reach an agreement on reductions, but we knew they had to take place. and, mr. president, i hope we will co
Jan 1, 2013 1:00am EST
-- creating new jobs, laying the foundation for future economic growth and, thus, reducing our deficits in the long term. but instead, we are here tired in knots to avert a manufactured fiscal cliff which could have been avoided six months ago by the house passing s. 3412 to avert the tax hikes on 98% of americans. now, i have said repeatedly that i will evaluate any such fiscal cliff legislation on how these proposed policies affect working families and the real middle class. again, the real middle class, those make $30,000, $50,000, $60,000, $70,000 a year. so i'm disappointed to say that in my opinion, this legislation that we're about to vote on falls short. first, it doesn't address the number-one priority, creating good middle-class jobs now. unemployment remains way too high. this bill should include direct assistance on job creation measures. for example, our infrastructure, education, job retraining, how many jobs we see out there going wanting because people aren't trained for those jobs and yet we don't have enough money to put into job retraining. this legislation before us neg
Dec 31, 2012 10:45am EST
paying down the deficit. we had three straight years or four of surpluses. c.b.o. said if we continued on that way, we would pay off the national debt by 2010. well, then george bush came into office, they looked at all the surpluses out there and said guess what? we've got to take some of that and give it back in tax cuts, and that's what they did. now that's what's ending tonight. that's what ends tonight, are those bush tax cuts. so we go back to the tax system that we had under bill clinton. i ask, what's so bad about that? it worked pretty darned well. the economy was going well. we were paying down the deficit. things were going well under bill clinton, under that tax system, and that's what we'll go back to tomorrow. what's so bad about that? well, what's happened is in the last ten years a lot of people have gotten very rich in this country. very rich. and now they want to protect their wealth. and that's what they want to do. they want to lock in this system on estate taxes and lower tax rates up to $450,000 or $500,000 or a million or whatever they want. they want t
Dec 29, 2012 12:00pm EST
a $6 billion surplus when it comes to exporting services, and a huge deficit when it comes to manufacturing. so the -- the finance done correctly which is figuring out how to mamp capital with good -- match capital with good ideas is important and having complex innovations in that is important for america's system. the problem is short termism, short term thinking, where finance comes come in and bankrupt companies for short term gain rather than thinking what's the viable, long term model of a long term rate of return? i think that has to do with corporate governance laws for incentives and structures that don't require -- that incentivize managers to make long term decisions rather than maximizing just the quarterly shareholders' profits. >> did you see the incentives that could be changed to emphasize smallness rather than bigness? >> absolutely, and i thinking the -- a lot of the department of commerce is programmed to help small and medium sized businesses. there is the best -- i took 50% of the jobs in manufacturing are small and medium sized companies, and small compan
Dec 31, 2012 3:30pm EST
part of the spending budget that's driving the deficit and debt much that's being driven by the growth in entitlements, which are becoming particularly for a good reason, which is that the american people are living longer, therefore taking much more money out of programs like medicare than they put in, and i suppose for reasons that are not so good, which is the cost of health care continues to go up. so we proved ourselves incapable of dealing with this crisis as part of the normal process of compromise, and so we created this cliff which was intentionally made so harmful that our assumption was that we would not allow ourselves to go over the cliff. because it would be so hurtful. and, again, that's why i say no deal, in this case, is not better than a bad deal. no deal is the worst deal because it means we go over the cliff. why isual thi is all this happe? for a lot of reasons. but one is that there are groups within both great political parties who are defending the status quo, who don't want the situation as it exists now, which has created this $16.5 trillion of debt, to change
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm EST
challenges. i pushed strongly for the simpson-bowles framework for deficit reduction, and yet here we are no closer to a sensible decision on how to bring our $1.1 trillion budget deficit and our $16.1 trillion public debt under control. well, guess what? time's up. no more games, no more excuses, no more ceking the can down the road. we have to act and we have to act in a way that puts our fiscal house in order, reassures the financial markets and puts the people ahead of politics, and we have to deal with these tax increases and spending cuts in a humane and tolerable way. the calm act does all of that. look what happens to people in need if we go over the cliff and just do nothing. on new year's day, the lowest income tax rate will jump from 10% back to the clinton-era rate of 15%. that's a pretty big financial bite for people in west virginia and i know in ohio, too, sir. these are people that are struggling right now. instead of an overnight tax hike of 5%, the calm act smooths the transition by phasing in increases over three years. so instead of a 5% increase, the 10% bracket would on
Jan 1, 2013 2:00pm EST
anticipate some $600 billion in new revenue coming in to help reduce our deficit as a result of this. we also have something in the law which the presiding officer and i talked about for a moment, the alternative minimum tax. there was a time when they took a look at america and said how can this possibly be that some of the wealthiest people pay no taxes? so we established something called an alternative minimum tax which said even if under the regular tax code you escape all tax liability, you are going to be subject to the alternative minimum tax where you will pay something. well, it wasn't a bad idea 30 or 40 years ago when the debate started. but because we didn't index the income that was associated with it, over the years this alternative minimum tax hit not only the wealthy, but started hitting those middle-income categories. each year we had to kind of postpone the impact of this tax on middle-families, families in the $100,000 to $200,000 range. this has been vexing us for decades. this morning in the senate with the passage of this legislation we have dealt with the problem o
Dec 25, 2012 12:00am EST
budget and the debt ceiling and deficit reduction and also the bin laden grade and reagan but happened in egypt and libya. so i'm looking at how obama made the decisions he made and why he took the actions he took in that very perilous time politically would also explain how this is all done in a way to set up the 2012 campaign that we just went through. he had a theory indy to do big hit in 2010, yet the theory that he could make the 2012 race a choice not just between him and mitt romney but a choice between different ideologies and different approaches to government and values. everything he did in that timeframe he kept trying to tether to this big idea. when i wrote the book of course we didn't know how things were going to end up on november 6, 2012. i looked at how he developed his governing strategy and electoral strategy and it really dominated. this is the back story to what happened with this presidential campaign. >> david corn, showdown is his most recent book and we are here at the national press club.
Dec 31, 2012 7:15am EST
happened after that. the tax cut deal, the big fights over the budget and the debt ceiling and deficit reduction, also the bin laden raid and what happened in egypt and libya. and so i'm looking at how obama made the decisions he made and took, and why he took the actions he took in that very perilous time politically, but also explain how this is all done in a way to set up the 2012 campaign that we just went through. he had a theoryf
Dec 30, 2012 1:00pm EST
clinton was president and he faced similar issues in that we had a deficit that was getting out of control, a debt that was getting out of control. we needed to have growth, and so he put forward a plan, a budget plan that invested in our people, invested in the infrastructure, invested in education, and at the same time said we can find cuts in other areas and we can raise taxes on those who are doing very well. and what happened with that fair and balanced approach? what happened was the greatest prosperity in modern history. 23 million jobs, no more deficits, we got to a balanced budget and i remember saying to my husband my goodness, what's going to happen? there won't be any more u.s. government bonds because we're going to be out of the debt situation. we saw -- we saw it on the horizon when george w. bush became president, he decided to go back, backwards on rates across the board from the wealthiest to the middle to the poor, and he put two wars on a credit card and we are where we are where we are. and to add to this history, we all know that we're coming out of the worst
Dec 26, 2012 12:00am EST
fight's over the budget and the debt ceiling and a deficit-reduction, also the reading and what happened in egypt and libya, and so i'm looking at how obama made the decisions he made and why he took the actions he took in that very perilous time politically but i also explained how this is all done in a way to set up the 2
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm EST
tax proposal is not the big agreement that will fully address our debt and deficit. an agreement that we hoped to be able to put together, an agreement that i support, one that includes pro-growth tax reform, bipartisan entitlement reform and finding savings in the federal budget. clearly, these items all need to be addressed, and they need to be addressed on the order of $4 trillion. to really get our deficit and our debt under control. that's the type of deal that i favor, and it's the kind of deal that we have got to get to, but if we can't do it all at once, let's do it in pieces. as the old saying goes, even the longest journey begins with a single step. well, if the first step is this tax deal, let's get going. to break the logjam, let's start with this piece, a tax deal that will ensure that taxes are not increased for middle-class americans. that is something we can and we must do. does it involve compromise? yes, it does, of course. for example, i think we should extend the current tax rates for all taxpayers. real revenue comes from economic growth, not higher taxes. an
Dec 31, 2012 4:30pm EST
have done that well before now. we should do it for many reasons. one, we need it. we have a deficit that's not controllable. we've got to bring our deficit into better control. that means we need to reduce spending and we need the revenues in order to be able to give the right blueprint for america's future and growth. we also need to get a broader package done because of predictability. the private sector needs to know what the rules are. they need to know what the tax code is going to look like. they need to know what the spending programs are going to look like. they need to have confidence that we have our budget under better control. we should have gotten that done. i've spoken several times on the floor about we should have adopted the simpson-bowles framework. to me, that was a bipartisan balanced approach for how we could have gotten out of our fiscal problems. we're not going to be able to get that done in the next two days before we adjourn on january 2. but we need to recognize that we need to do that. now, mr. president, i've heard a lot of my colleagues come to the floo
Dec 31, 2012 2:45pm EST
going to use those revenues, instead of reducing the deficit like the president campaigned on, what he wants to do is use those revenues to supplant spending reductions we've already agreed to. so you're not reducing the deficit. you're using new revenues, this revenue that's been campaigned on now for a year is being used not to reduce deficits but to keep spending cuts that have already been agreed to from happening. now, i don't know. i don't think there are many people on either side of the aisle that would think that is a very good idea. and so now what the president is doing is holding hostage -- holding hostage -- this agreement on taxes for all americans, he's holding that hostage to sort of pay for these -- to keep from doing the spending reductions that we've already agreed to. i don't know if most american americans -- i know they listen to us. i don't know if they quite yet understand what's happening. but i hope that's the case. mr. president, i'm going to just be -- say a couple more things. i -- i listened to the president yesterday on david gregory "meet the press,"
Dec 31, 2012 7:00pm EST
deficit reduction. and we pass something that saves $24 billion in a fiscally responsible way, cutting programs. we cut 100 different programs and authorizations. we went through every single page of the farm bill, which is what we ought to be doing in every part of government to be responsible, to make the tough choices, to set good priorities. we did that. and now at the last minute none of that matters? they're trying to stick in an extension that only extends part of the farm programs and keep 100% of the direct subsidies going. madam president, that's amazing to me. i have to say that is absolutely amazing to me. and i want to hear somebody justify that on the floor. now we're going to hear all kinds of things. well, the extension involves possibly a budget point of order. this whole bill coming to the floor is going to have multiple points of order that we're going to have to waive. this is not about procedure or budget points of order. it's about whether or not we mean it when we say we want to reform agricultural subsidies. whether or not we mean it when we say we care about ru
Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm EST
$4 gas. on the other hand you get food rising. why do prices go up? we run a deficit giving you free stuff and then we print money to pay for it and that steals value from what you have. it's not that gas is more precious. gas is rising because the value of the dollar is shrinking. food is rising because the value of your dollar is shrinking. big government is not your friend. deficits are not your friend. we hang in the balance up here, and nobody is serious about it. what's the one thing that's been taken off the table? spending. we will not cut any spending. so we're looking for a deal that will raise taxes, which everybody seems to equate with drowning, except we're only going to make a few people drown and they're rich anyway. but i think drowning is a policy. drowning, even if it's selective drowning. being in favor of selective drowning is not a good policy. so what i've asked and what i ask people is let your representatives now. let your senators know that you'd rather have some kind of serious fix to the problem rather than kicking the can down the road. you'd rather have t
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